What To Wear To Art Dubai: When Art Inspires Fashion

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We’ve been exploring the intersection of fashion and art and having a marvelous time of it!

The 8th edition of Art Dubai will be here this month (19-22 March), presenting everything from a Eurasian tea salon to a brand new section focused on modern Middle Eastern Art. Galleries visiting from all over the world will show a wide range of artists from legendary polka dot painter Yayoi Kusama to the adventurous Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and Dubai-based street artist Ruben Sanchez. Museum directors, socialites, collectors, and gallerists will converge on opening night and the following three days to take it all in, network, and see and be seen.

Intimidated much? Don’t be! Art Dubai is for everyone and your choice in art is as personal a decision as your taste in fashion, so own it. There’s no need to be a wallflower and dress in all black like everyone else (gallerists believe that black clothing blends in with the crowd and keeps the art front and center). This year, find a piece of art that moves you and channel it into a fashion statement.

We’ve put together four looks inspired by actual works of art that will be showcased by some of our favorite Dubai galleries at this year’s edition of Art Dubai:

Everything Would Appear to Man as it is, Infinite, Michael John Whelan (2014), Ink Jet on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

Everything Would Appear to Man as it is, Infinite, Michael John Whelan (2014), Ink Jet on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

Look #1

Look #1

Berlin-based Michael John Whelan uses art to address humanity’s struggle to understand the universe. Everything Would Appear to Man as it is, Infinite can be pondered at the Grey Noise booth in Art Dubai’s Contemporary section. This edgy motorcycle jacket, full skirt from local designer Dee by Dalia, and gem clutch by Rauwolf are as complex and multi-faceted as the work.

Untitled, Nabil Nahas (1978), Acrylic on canvas

Untitled, Nabil Nahas (1978), Acrylic on canvas

Look #2

Look #2

Nabil Nahas is popular for pulling inspiration from patterns and textures evident in nature and Islamic art. Lawrie Shabibi is showing the Lebanese artist’s early works from the 70’s in Art Dubai Modern and it’s kind of amazing how up to the minute his use of shapes and lines are today. This Roksanda Illincic dress and Georgina Skalidi asymmetric clutch rock the unexpected color combos and angles of the painting.

Takheel II, Samia Halaby (2013)

Takheel II, Samia Halaby (2013)

Look #3

Look #3

Samia Halaby is a Palestinian painter who was one of the first artists to bring contemporary abstraction to the Arab world. Her paintings can be found at the Ayyam Gallery booth and in a major retrospective at Ayyam’s gallery on Alserkal Avenue. The mustard yellow trousers, base of black peplum, and quirky statement necklace from Sophie’s Closet echo the embroidered bursts of color in Takheel II.

Untitled (Angelus Novus), Kamrooz Aram (2013), Oil, charcoal and oil crayon on canvas

Untitled (Angelus Novus), Kamrooz Aram (2013), Oil, charcoal and oil crayon on canvas

Look #4

Look #4

Kamrooz Aram often takes floral motifs from Persian carpets and plants them in dark geometric beds of paint. His work is about reconfiguring and rebuilding history and can be found at the Abraaj Group Art Prize section of Art Dubai and in an unusual solo show at Green Art Gallery. The Kage dress gives the hard chain mail feel of Untitled (Angelus Novus), the Natalie Trad clutch adds an interesting sense of Arab geometry, and the Nadine Kanso earrings and Tory Burch cuff soften the look with a floral mood.

Designer Deets featuring a number of our favorite local fashion houses and boutiques:

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Illustrations: Sara Japanwalla
Text: Danna Lorch
Images of Art: Courtesy of the artists, galleries and Art Dubai